Jennifer Lapum is a poet and an arts-based and narrative researcher. She is an RN with clinical background in critical care and cardiovascular nursing particularly in intensive care. Her program of research is focused on promoting humanistic health care practices and policies in the healthcare co...
Jennifer Lapum is a poet and an arts-based and narrative researcher. She is an RN with clinical background in critical care and cardiovascular nursing particularly in intensive care. Her program of research is focused on promoting humanistic health care practices and policies in the healthcare context. Linked into this is understanding how humanistic discourse enters into our practices and how it is constrained and facilitated in the current healthcare environments. Over the last couple of years, she has been exploring how to best prepare nursing students to work in these environments. She has been involved in developing innovative pedagogy, open educational resources, and virtual gaming simulation.
In addition, her research involves engaging methodological approaches that facilitate deep understanding of human experiences. Her focus is on experimenting with the arts as an epistemological stance and method of research dissemination. Consequently, her work is qualitatively informed with expertise in narrative and arts-informed approaches including poetry and photographic images. One of her CIHR-funded projects that highlights this work is “The 7,024th Patient” art exhibit. It is a 1739 square foot installation that is over 9 feet in height and composed of poetry and photographic images that captures the raw, emotional and embodied experiences of patients in open-heart surgery and recovery. For more information on the exhibition, access the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYcSmsRW21g
Her work has been presented internationally and published in Social Science & Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, Heart & Lung, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Qualitative Inquiry, CMAJ, CJCN, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Canadian Journal of Cardiology and European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions.